Sickness through the centuries: How Lafayette handled outbreaks from the Spanish flu to the swine flu

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from the first outbreak that Lafayette has faced throughout its history. How the College and the Lehigh Valley handled this pandemic and all pandemics past has been recorded and archived by both the College Archivist, Elaine Stomber, and the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society, headquartered on Northampton Street. From […]

Communication breakdown likely contributed to lackluster voter turnout in Student Government elections

Important emails get lost in a sea of junk—it happens to everyone. Students are inundated on the daily with Moodle notifications, COVID-19 symptom check reminders, Lafayette Today newsletters and Gateway Career Center notices. Last month’s Student Government emails, which advertised the then-upcoming elections, were largely overlooked by the student body and also lacked vital information […]

Student Government executive board elected: Hank Scheffler ’22 wins Director of Greek Life

After a week-long postponement due to a rules shakeup, the 2021 Student Government executive board election has concluded. Every candidate ran unopposed, except Lauren Ameruoso ‘22, the unaffiliated incumbent Director of Greek Life, who picked up a last-minute challenge from Hank Scheffler ’22, the president of the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity. The latter emerged […]

Lafayette vaccinates a third of students amid COVID-19 case surge and Johnson & Johnson recall

Lafayette’s first COVID-19 vaccination drive was completed last Tuesday, bringing the total known vaccination rate to 31% on campus. The drive came amidst a federal pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the sharpest surge in cases yet seen on campus. And while the total percentage of students vaccinated remains unclear because many students […]

How Swarthmore abolished Greek life

A year of accusations, alleged missteps by the Lafayette administration, and critiques of financial interdependence between Greek life and the College has culminated in the @AbolishGreekLifeAtLaf Instagram page, a part of the larger Abolish Greek Life Movement spurred in the wake of calls for social justice during last summer’s unrest.  Although many of Lafayette Greek […]

Professor Cohen explores the history of the debate over pure versus adulterated food in his latest book

Most college students are familiar with food terms like “organic,” “GMO” and “[fill in the blank] free.” These terms are a part of an ever-evolving food lexicon, all of which are examined in the latest book written by Chair of the Engineering Studies department and associate professor Benjamin Cohen.  “Pure Adulteration: Cheating on Nature in […]

After three years of work, Student Government votes to ditch plastic water bottles on campus

Student Government passed a resolution for the Reduction of plastic waste last Thursday, effectively calling for a cessation of the sale and distribution of plastic bottles on campus. Co-written by Lucie Lagodich ’22 and Tessa Landon ’22 of the Sustainability Committee, the resolution, if adopted by the administration, would gradually replace plastic bottles with aluminum […]

How will the future of global politics be shaped by the next president?: Panel of experts discuss impact of US elections

American politics are “critical” on the world stage, according to Professor Angelika von Wahl, chairwoman of the International Affairs Program and moderator of last week’s panel entitled “The Impact of US Elections on Global Politics.” The panel was composed of professors Ilan Peleg, Seo-Hyun Park, Christopher Lee, Hannah Stewart-Gambino and Mathieu Perrot, each of whom […]

Black-led student coalition Dear Lafayette College begins working with staff and faculty after releasing demands

The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd impacted every corner of the nation this past summer, and Lafayette was no exception. On June 22, the Instagram account @black.at.laf was created, sending shockwaves through the College Hill community with its revelations about the treatment of Black and Brown students and faculty.  The Dear […]

‘It’s going to matter’: Professor Murphy emphasizes the importance of the Supreme Court in the 2020 election

With landmark Supreme Court cases scrawled on a whiteboard behind him, Bruce Murphy, professor of constitutional law at Lafayette, spoke from his home office over Zoom and emphasized to the audience of the importance of the Supreme Court in the United States and how it has changed over time. He opened the lecture with an […]